Automotive Skills (SfW) National 4

What is special about this course?

This course provides you with a broad introduction to the automotive industry and will introduce you to basic practical skills. You’ll gain experience of carrying out basic vehicle checks and learn the specific skills involved in removal and replacement of components and mechanisms. You’ll develop some of the practical skills and attitudes employers are looking for: skills like team working, following instructions and good customer service.

Entry requirements

You don’t need passes in specific subjects to join this course, but you need a positive attitude and you should be willing to learn new skills and undertake a successful interview.

The course comprises four mandatory units as follows:

Automotive Skills: The Garage (SCQF level 4) (1 credit)

This Unit introduces candidates to the structure and organisation of the retail automotive industry and the range of job roles and responsibilities within it. Candidates will use a range of research sources and activities to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the automotive industry, the businesses within it, and the diversity of job roles it offers. The Unit also provides a basic introduction to some of the health and safety legislation applicable to vehicle service and repair workshops.

Automotive Skills: The Technician (SCQF level 4) (1 credit)

This Unit has a practical focus and introduces candidates to some of the tools and techniques used by technicians in the automotive industry. Candidates will use a range of common hand tools as well as more specialised tools and equipment such as the torque wrench and trolley jack. Candidates will also learn the names, functions and serviceability of automotive components while engaging in practical activities and gain basic knowledge of working safely in an automotive engineering environment.

Automotive Skills: The Car (SCQF level 4) (1 credit)

This Unit introduces candidates to basic safety checks, wheel changing and valeting as carried out by technicians in the automotive industry. The candidate will use a range of common hand tools, as well as more specialised tools and equipment. To enrich the candidate/s understanding and range of associated skills they will carry out engineering processes such as removing and refitting vehicle service items.

Automotive Skills: The VehicleModification Project (SCQF level 4) (1 credit)

This Unit comprises a practical project and is designed to be completed after the Units Automotive Skills: The Technician and Automotive Skills: The Car, consolidating the previous practical skills developed. Candidates select a modification project to carry out on a vehicle enabling them to put into practice and further develop some of the basic handskills and problem solving abilities that an Automotive Technician requires.


All Personal Protective Equipment will be supplied by the college.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Skills for Work

This practical course is delivered face to face in the college's engineering workshops, external workshops, external work areas or school technical rooms, depending on location and activity undertaken.

How long will my course last?

1 academic year

Where can I study my course?

Start date

In most schools this course will start in June.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

Additional costs

Personal Protective Clothing ( PPE) will be provided for you.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful candidates may progress to the Skills for Work Engineering programme at National 5 level, or the full time SVQ 2 Performing Engineering Operations course at UHI Argyll.

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This course is part of our schools-link senior phase programme and is embedded in your option choices at school. If this course is offered by your school speak to your Guidance Teacher and request an application form.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.